May 312019
 

For a while now, I’ve been contemplating about creating a new series of posts, where I could gather all the thoughts, rants, ponderings, as well as touch upon the various news from green beauty world, wishlists. Given how long it’s been since I’ve posted readers questions and given how many you’ve sent my way, I thought I’d include those as well. Just a general idea of where I’m planning on going with this new series, which will be posted once a month, at the end of the month, to compile what’s been happening during the month.

Dreaming of Sunshine

What I’ve been up to?

  • May is the hardest month for me; it has been for the past 3 years. Every now and again it seems my mind has accepted the fate, the situation, but my heart hasn’t; I don’t think my heart ever will. But then there are moments, when I catch myself, my mind, running away from acceptance. Denial? Not sure. As my heart wants to immerse into memories, the vision, my mind quickly pulls the curtains, so I don’t see it, as it would be too painful. And because of that, I sometimes feel like the clearer visions are slipping away. The voice is still clear, though. That gentle, carrying, kind voice, and that cute giggle. And her eyes. Warm and kind, and above all – loving. Sometimes, it hurts like hell, other times it just – hurts. I, equally, carry the pain and the love with me, at all times, and they are – equal: the realization, the acceptance that the pain you feel when someone passes away is equal to the love you felt for them. And what a blessing this is! I’ve been blessed, beyond comprehension, with two such souls in my life; the abundance of love not many are blessed and graced with, so this pain is something I gladly accept. Not many are blessed with this. Some, due to not loving themselves and therefore not knowing how, not being able to love anyone else, will never experience, eventually, such pain. And subsequently, do not understand those, who do, and some even make fun of us or even don’t believe us. What a sad. meaningless existence. When all is said and done, what matters is what’s in your heart, and what matters is that God knows your heart. I wouldn’t be here (anymore) had it not been for God’s love, grace and mercy; the grief might have swallowed me whole. To be so blessed, what a humbling life! I am grateful and thankful, every moment of my life. I miss her, every moment of my life. But! – By the grace of God, go I!
  • It seems we’ve been tricked: Winter was mild, then, as Spring started approaching, it was warm and sunny. What happened, dude?! The weather’s been pissy (‘scuse ma French), all grey, cold and rainy. I’ve been standing in front of my closets, wondering whether I should switch the Winter clothes for the Summer ones, and one look outside – nah, I’ll keep my coats here for the time being. What do you know! Just as I’m writing my “may I speak to the manager” lines, it started raining, again! I know it’s rather unproductive to be whining about the weather, but…
  • The rain and cold don’t stop me (heh, nothing does!) from exploring, hours on end, my beloved forest, even though I know every cm of it (and there’s 10s and 10s of km of it!), but here’s the thing, dear rain: I like to sit under the trees, writing, reading as well. So…
  • I am blessed.

Bible verse of the month

  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

Musical inspiration of the month

  • Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an angel

This month on the blog

This month on the blog

  • Review: Bloomtown Soothing Mask and Clearing Mask and Tinted Lip Balm. The only cheap thing about these goodies is their price; going against the grain in the green beauty world, Bloomtown delivers quality products at very low prices. The soothing mask is delicious; it smells incredibly nice, and delivers nourishment, hydration to the skin. The clearing mask works on clogged pores and detoxifies the skin. The berry scented lip balm gives subtle color to the lips. Great products and I can’t wait to try more from this brand.
  • Review: Ere Perez Mascara & Eye Pencils. The mascara separates the lashes and gives them a nice color and a volume, but does not lengthen nor gives that oomph! finish look. The eye pencils are soft and works as a creamy eye shadow. The colors are beautiful and easily mixable as well, and won’t give you that cheap look (read: wearing tons of eye shadows)
  • Review: L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator. Had their exfoliator for quite some time now; the exfoliators are gentle, there’s not much tugging and pulling needed. The serum is, even if containing prickly pear seed oil, a bit too expensive. I’ve been using it as a night treatment, but mostly, to mix it with liquid foundations and BB creams, as, despite being oily, it spreads nicely on the skin and with appropriate amount of it, does not take too long to absorb.
  • My first impressions on the Love Lula Beauty Box for May 2019: 4 full sized products, 2 for face care and 2 for body care. I’ve had the Madara Re-Gene mask on my wish list for a while now, so I’m glad it was included in this month’s Beauty Box. Also, the pretty Joik pastel lip balm also gets a thumb up from me. There’s also a Seascape Island Apothecary hand lotion, and since there’s 300ml of it, it will be used as a body lotion as well; it’s light enough and absorbs fast enough to be used whenever a warmer weather decides to grace us. Also, in this month’s Beauty Box, there’s Ayumi body scrub; affordable, gentle as far as exfoliants go, but contains too many foaming agents for my taste.

What I’ve been testing lately

Ive been testing lately

  • Ere Perez Moringa All-Beauty Creme. Dreamy texture indeed! My skin is really enjoying this cream; I use it, mostly, alone as a night cream, as it makes my face so hydrated and nourished, but above all, I use it as a liquid foundation/BB cream primer, as it makes the makeup just glide on and stay on the whole day. That natural, healthy but subtle glow it gives my skin in just one of the many added bonuses of this cream.
  • Jane Scrivner Intense De-Stress Face Masque. Smooth thick cream-like mask, I’ve been using it for a few months now, approximately twice a week, sometimes in evening and sometimes in the morning: in the evening, for nourishment, in the morning for relaxed and even looking skin. The kaolin makes the texture of this mask a bit heavy, so it’s important to wash it off under ten minutes and not apply a very thick layer, otherwise, as did I, you might experience a clogged pore here and there.
  • Madara Deep Moisture Fluid. Been testing this one since I got it in my March Love Lula Beauty Box. Refreshing, cooling. Works nicely over a face serum for a night treatment. As a primer, so far, it seems it works better if I use more liquid foundation, which I am not a fan off, but a few tries I’ve given this gel as a primer under the mineral foundation, it gave good results. More testing to be done for a full review, as always.
  • Dr Hauschka Illuminating Fluid. Quite thick texture, best if applied with fingers in tapping motion, and over a liquid foundation or BB cream. Also works nicely when going for a very natural look, with a minimal product on face: a serum, a bit of an face oil, a bit of a cream blush and this Illuminating Fluid.

My wishlist

My Wishlist

  • RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder. Oh, I am tempted, especially after having a lil’ chat with this cutie. I am eyeing the Grande Dame, of course. Creamy highlighters feel a bit heavy during hot Summer days, and I prefer to layer products from the same category texture-wise: powder brush/highlighter over mineral powder foundation, for example. The price of this Luminizing Powder falls somewhere in between for me, but the one I am side-eyeing as far as the high price goes is the brush. Undecided on the brush, obviously.
  • Alteya Organics Facial Cleanser & Wash. Can’t get enough of Alteya Organics. Just as I got their Gentle Cleanser, they launched these cleansers! Here’s what I’m thinking: if it’s a wash, then there has to be a foaming agent. It’s not listed on their ingredients list, only Coconut oil, which may be an euphemism for a Coconut Oil derived foaming agent. Need to do more investigating. I am certain, though, that it smells nice.
  • Madara Hyaluronic Anti-Pollution CC Cream. Can’t get enough of Madara goodies, it seems. Even though I mostly use mineral foundation during Summer, and even though I’ve had this CC Cream on my wishlist since last year, I still haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I’ll snatch one before (if ever, sheesh!) the Summer starts. For a bit of a color, to even out the skin tone, something that does not, in any shape or form, look cakey, and maybe even feels light on the skin, along with having an SPF15, which would work nicely with my Madara Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30 (review soon to follow)? Yep. I just hope the light/beige will be light enough for me.
  • Nature’s Kitchen Vitaminc C Gel Serum. Just recently launched on Love Lula. Quite a few good ingredients, the gel texture would probably work as a primer for mineral makeup and for layering with a face oil for a night treatment. But there’s one ingredient which neither I nor my skin can stand: honeysuckle extract. I am curious about their Butter Clay Melting Milk Balm as well.
  • Dr Hauschka Compact Powder. A good medium coverage compact powder is what I’d like to have in my cosmetic bag for the Summer. Even though this one contains talc, my biggest issue has been going back and forth over the colors Macadamia and Chestnut. I really don’t wanna miss the correct color (again), and end up with both, though, more often than not, I manage to mix the color that’s too light with the color that’s too dark. Hmmm…

Readers Questions

  • It’s been ages since I’ve done the last installment of the “Readers questions”. I’ve been receiving so many, and I’ve tried my best to answer to them over e-emails, but to actually gather them in a new post made it look a bit daunting, given how many there are and how little time I’ve been having. But with this new series, I hope I’ll be able to monthly include some of your questions, especially since certain questions and certain issues come up often or overlap. However, as you may have known by now, I do not answer questions I deem personal.
  • A few questions were from the same category, asking me which is more important to me: makeup or hair; if I had only 10 minutes to get ready, which would I choose: hair or makeup. Hair is my answer. I am a strong proponent of being put together, at all times. What do I mean by that? Make sure your hair is washed, make absolutely sure you’re showered and smell nice (not overpowering! – that falls under yuck and cheap category immediately), brushed teeth I am not gonna even mention as that must and does go without saying, make sure your nails are proper – even if you don’t have the time to wear nail polish, make sure they are short and clean. A face has to be washed, and spraying a hydrolate and applying a good moisturiser does not take much time. No makeup is fine, but eyebrows have to be in order. Now, as far as hair goes. When your hair is washed and clean and you have a nice hair style, that makes for at least 70% of the look, in my opinion. So I always make sure that I have a my hair in order, as then everything else looks much better – as an added bonus, including makeup and clothes. Once the hair is done, you will notice you’ll go with even less of makeup products. Also, make sure you get your hair trimmed often (I trim my hair every month, not just the bangs) – split ends make your hair and the overlook look unkept and make your hair growth stall. I get it, sometimes, the time sneaks up on us, and we don’t have the time to wash and/or style the hair, and we quickly put hair in a bun or cover it with hats. I get it. But don’t let that become your habit. Be presentable, be classy, elegant and feminine.
  • Another one about hair – which I don’t mind, as having healthy and styled hair is very much important for me. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about my hair: color, style, length etc. Here it is. My hair color is natural black and I’ve had nothing but black color ALL my life. I am a firm believer that God and Mother Nature gave me the best hair color to suit my face, eyes, to suit me, in fact, so I will never EVER go with any other hair color. If I am blessed by God to grow old, I will still rock my natural hair color – even if it’s from the bottle, I will, by golly, rock it! As far as hair cut/hair style goes. One thing is constant – bangs. Like those proper bangs (not just a few strands here and there), straight line. Think Betty Page, but just a bit lower. I alternate between a bob down to my neck and a bit longer, down to upper part of my back; basically, very long hair is not for me. Ponytails and and elegant donut bun are also one of the hair styles I wear.
  • And the third one about hair, lol. Quite a few have asked me what I think about this trend of coloring one’s hair in grey hair color or going grey and whether I’d ever. First of all, I would and I will never. LOL. Nope. Yes, old ladies (think 80 year old plus) look cute and adorable with grey hair – they look adorable either way. But for someone, to be 30, 35, 40 and to leave the grey hair just… going and to eventually become all grey? No. Just no. It’s not just that grey hair makes you look not just much older than you are on its own, nothing actually helps making you look more youthful and glowy. Not even makeup. In fact, having grey alone does not make you look old, but wearing makeup along with it makes for an unsightly look. Precisely how a 65 year old woman with heavy makeup looks. And we all know how that is, right? Funnily enough, I do like grey color when it comes to clothes and purses, just not all grey, of course. And lastly – trends are not for me. I have my own personal style, and do not care about trends or I avoid them.
  • Ever since I’ve mentioned a word “narcissist” the e-mails on this topic started pouring in. I understand. It’s a pandemic out there and we all have many stories to tell. On a good note, people are researching, learning, sharing their experiences, and these demons are getting exposed left and right, and people can now pick up on the clues, drawn from personal experience and learned knowledge from others. And these demons are scared. So scared, they will even proclaim themselves as being an empath. I hear you all who have written me about this and I will dedicate space in my Random Thoughts (and maybe have threads on Twitter) about the many aspects on how these soulless creatures operate. Just keep in mind: be grateful you’re not one of them, regardless of the damage they’ve done to you – you are not one of them. And it gets better. Believe me.
  • In my next installment of Random Thoughts, I’ll answer more of your questions regarding my personal style, clothing, a few green beauty questions, and who knows what else!

Tip of the month

  • There’s an unwritten rule (or is it written?) that you should throw away your mascara after being opened for 3 months. Well, I can’t quite say I’ve been following this rule, though, by no means, do I keep mascaras for way over that date. But, if in the meantime your mascara gets a bit dry and lacks that bloop! sound we all like when we first open a mascara, drop a drop of carrier oil into the mascara tube and mix the contents with the mascara wand. Warming the mascara as well will be even better. Which carrier oils you might ask? Olive oil and avocado oil are good choices.

Rant of the month

  • Bought likes. Saw him post on Instagram. About 35 likes. Two and a half hours later, about 1100 likes at the same time. The number of likes had stayed the same ever since. LOL. Going through his followers, nothing but paid bots and fake bought profiles. About 6000 of them. Stolen background pictures, stretched unproportionately with a stock photo of a product slapped on it. A review constitutes of copy-paste description of a product from a store. But the grifter is doin’ it big, since he has so many “followers”. This is how they do it, this is how they make it.
  • Oh, have you heard that Instagram might start hiding likes? How will grifters, con-artists, scammers, thieves sell themselves to businesses who are only interested in numbers? Next stop – stripping bought followers. Next step? Businesses suing these scammers.

A few good deals from around the green beauty world

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May 302019
 

Have you, too been pondering about maybe getting a boat? If you ask me, rain has worn out its welcome by now, and should really make way for some sunshine. Speaking of sunshine, Love Lula Beauty Box, whether I decide to sneak around to get a peak of what’s in the current Beauty Box before it arrives or not, always cheers up, even on grey days, wouldn’t you agree? This month’s Beauty Box contains another great selection of green beauty goodies with 4 full sized products and one sample sachet, nicely rounded body care and skin care products of a £67.  The actual cost for a monthly Beauty Box when you subscribe is barely worth mentioning, though you will find all the needed info at the end of this month’s first impressions of all the goodies from May’s Beauty Box. I am most excited about the tinted lip balm and the mask, which I’ve had on my wish list for quite some time now.

So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2019

Madara Re-Gene Lifting Mask (60ml/£35,00). Yes! I had this mask on my wishlist since the moment Madara launched this new collection. I was going back and forth whether to order it, but I had a feeling one of these months, Love Lula will throw in my Beauty Box soon. The color of this mask is the first thing that caught my eye: it’s a beautiful grey and muted violet one. The texture of the mask is medium thick and very creamy and smooth; it’s applies so easily. After five or so minutes, the mask starts to dry out, but not in a way a clay mask would; it’s almost leaves a film on the skin, like a very rich face cream would, yet it does not feel dry. It does not pull the skin either. I leave it on for at least 20 min, and just gently rise with warm water. I like the way my skin feels after I use this mask: it feels and looks plump, rested, soft. It also works nicely for skin preparation in the morning, before applying makeup. The price is reasonable; there’s 60ml of this mask, and I suspect I’ll be enjoying the pampering for about a year. The mask will receive a full review soon, after I put it through a thorough testing, but based on my first impressions, I am already liking it.

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2019

Joik Pastel Silky Lip Balm (7g/£6,00). Oh, hello there, cutie! What a pretty pastel tinted lip balm. I’m always excited when Love Lula throws a lip balm in my Beauty Box, and this Joik lip balm is fabulous! It’s almost like a lipstick, but since it’s not as pigmented, it has that natural look to it. The color is after my taste, too, especially since I adore pastel colors: a mixture of nude and light mauve, and even though it’s a (tinted) lip balm, it gives a pretty and subtle look on the lips. It feels, indeed, silky, but moreso – velvety and soft on the lips. It’s made of Cacao seed butter and lips-beneficial oils, such as castor, jojoba and avocado. Lovely, in an elegant minimalist black tube. The price is also very reasonable. I am tempted to try a few other Joik lip balms. Of course.

Seascape Island Apothecary Refresh Hand Lotion (300ml/£16,00). Dang, there’s a lot of hand lotion in this bottle – 300ml! The texture is thin and almost runny, and it feels very light on the skin. The softness on the skin is felt immediately. The scent is also pleasant, not overpowering: quite citrusy, but also a bit of geranium is noted. It absorbs quite easily and quickly, though too much should not be applied. Given there’s so much hand lotion in this bottle, and the light, fast absorbing of the lotion, I’m gonna opt for using it as a body lotion as well, because otherwise, I’ll never use it up. I really do not like the fact this lotion contains Phenoxyethanol though. Potassium Sorbate (and added Sodium Benzoate) should be enough.

Love Lula Beauty Box May 2019

Ayumi Body Scrub (200ml/£6,99). This is my first time trying anything from this brand (that’s one of the perks of Love Lula Beauty Box – getting to try new products and brands). The body scrub is a clear mixture of gel and body wash. The exfoliation comes in a form of olive seed powder; the exfoliants are fine and plentiful, making it effective yet gentle enough for more frequent body exfoliation. The scent is also quite pleasant: a bit oriental and woody. The way I use this body scrub by pouring it on my sponge, and since this body scrub foams, I massage it all over before using a body wash. If you wish to use it only a certain parts of the body, such as elbows, feet, I’d suggest you pour a bit in your palms and rub it against the skin. Speaking of foaming, this body scrub contains quite a few foaming agents, and while none of them are SLS, some may find it a bit too harsh. The price is very low for a standard body scrub such as this. I’ve put a few of the Ayumi products on my wish list, mainly, their hair oils.

Vestige Verdant Peat Mask Sample (50ml/£39,00 for full size).

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Love Lula Beauty Box May 2019

This concludes my first impressions of Love Lula Beauty Box for the month of May. I was most excited about the pretty, velvety Joik pastel lip balm, and of course, Madara Re-Gene mask. The body scrub is OK, I especially like the scent and the fact it’s a gentle due to fine olive seed oil powder, but there may be a bit too many foaming agents in it for my liking. The Seascape hand lotion also smells nice, is light and makes the skin soft, along with it being in a huge 300ml bottle, which will be, mainly used as a body lotion. Though, at the moment, I am a bit surrounded with too many body lotions. All in all – 4 ful sized products, 2 for face and 2 for body, along with a mask sample. What can I say, Love Lula is spoiling me!

And all these products have a total value of £67,00, whereas the actual cost of the yearly Love Lula Beauty Box subscription is £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month (yep, even less than it was before). You also get a discount on all the brands featured in a current Beauty Box and even this discount got even better – now you can get all the brands featured in a Beauty Box for 25% off!

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How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Got any products you’ve had on your wishlist? Found any new brands or new favorite products? Let me know!

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Love Lula Beauty Box has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

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May 282019
 

L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum, containing prickly pear seed oil, delivers soft skin, while Gentle Exfoliator, with fine dates fruit powder gently exfoliates, resulting in smooth skin. 

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

I was first introduced to this French brand L’Odaïtès via receiving their exfoliator in my Love Lula Beauty Box, and I’ve been using it for quite some time now, making it a welcomed addition between my chemical exfoliators and a bit harsher, for the lack of a better word, mainly sugar-based exfoliators. The oil-based serum, with precious pricky pear seed oil, works nicely as a night treatment, but mostly, I’ve been using it as an added mixture to liquid foundations ans BB creams.

L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum comes in a 15ml bottle with a pump, for more accurate , as well as for keeping the contents from outside . Given the serum is oil-based, its texture is more on a thicker side. The scent is prominently citrusy, though there’s a very distant scent of rosemary, too.

A serum is a skincare product, containing a concentrated amount of active ingredients. Usually, a serum is used before other skincare/makeup products are applied; somewhat of a base product, to enhance the absorption of other products, working in synergy with them. The L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum, given it’s not water-based, takes a bit longer to absorb, but by no means not too long; in that regards, I suggest going with the “less is more” when applying this serum: two pump max for both the face and neck.

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

The L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum can be used as an alone product or in combination with other products. For the evening skincare routine, I’ve been using this serum both alone or in combination with a facial moisturiser or face mask. After using this serum, the skin looks and feels soft in the morning. For the morning skincare routine, I’ve been mostly using the serum for mixing it with my liquid foundation, just that I use it less than when applying it as a night treatment. It nicely mixes with a liquid foundation, and gives a subtle glow, however, since this is an oil-based serum, I won’t be using it as a makeup primer anymore when the weather gets warmer.

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

The serum contains ingredients, suitable for those, who are looking to uplift the skin with antioxidants, fatty acids and for those, who wish to purify the skin with rosemary and neroli. For very oily skin, this serum might not be suitable for day time, as it may be a bit too heavy, even when used only a smaller amount, whereas for those with dry skin, I am sure their skin would drink it up.

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL,
PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, PROPANEDIOL DICAPRYLATE, OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA (PRICKLY PEAR) SEED OIL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) OIL, TOCOPHEROL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, FARNESOL CITRAL.

Apricot kernel oil has nourishing and softening properties and is very suitable for sensitive and dry skin. Jojoba oil is an an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum, it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Almond oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and Vitamin E; it is great for sensitive skin. Prickly pear seed oil, luxurious and precious oil, is a potent antioxidant, rich in Vitamin E. It has hydrating and soothing properties. Sunflower seed oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich with Vitamin A, D and E. It spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration.

Bitter orange oil has antiseptic properties; it rejuvenates the skin and stimulates circulation. Lavender oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Rosemary oil, an antioxidant, promotes and improves circulation and stimulates cells renewal. It has antimicrobial properties and is great for oily, acne and blemishes prone skin.

Ascorbyl Palmitate is a fatty acid and antioxidant.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Propanediol Dicaprylate, a solvent, is a potential skin irritant.
  • Parfum.

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My final word?

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

The L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum is an OK skincare product, containing proven skin-beneficial oils such as jojoba, almond and apricot oils, along with the precious prickly pear seed oil, known for its potent antioxidant properties. Used alone or in combination with other skincare products, whether it’s a moisturiser or a face mask, it results in a smooth and soft skin, whereas it also works nicely as a primer, mixed with liquid foundation or BB cream. Rosemary and neroli make it suitable for oily skin when used for an evening routine, while suitable for drier skin in a morning routine.

The price? £52 for 15ml – which makes it very expensive, and despite the serum containing expensive prickly pear seed oil, the cost is not justifiable. Yes, a serum contains a higher concentration of active ingredients, mostly peptites, extracts etc; this serum however contains more vegetable oils and a few essential oils, not quite making it a concentrated with actives product.  I do like the fact there’s only 15ml of this product as opposed to, say, 30ml or 50ml, as the product is used up faster, thus making it stay fresher, and smaller packaging has always been more expensive, it still, given the ingredients, does not justify the high cost.

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L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

When I first opened the 60ml jar of L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator, it reminded me of an exfoliator I used to make at home, mixing coffee, various oils and honey: it’s a dark brown, sweet smelling mixture of oils and honey. Unlike most exfoliators, the L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator is quite runny and its contents have to me stirred with a wooden spatula, in other for the ingredients to mix together properly. Its texture is gritty, but finely gritty due to dates fruit powder, which works as the exfoliation ingredient. Given an exfoliation is a must in my skincare routine, thus having tried many exfoliators,, a dates fruit powder being the exfoliator was a new experience for me.

The exfoliator is runny and smooth and its tiny fruit dates powder exfoliators make this exfoliator easily spreadable, thus there’s no tugging and pulling of the skin. I usually slightly splash my face before applying the exfoliator, and then gently massage it for a few minutes. Given how gentle it is, it makes it suitable even for those, who have sensitive skin, while making it suitable for more frequent use as well. The L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator contains water (even if it’s in the smallest quantity), yet it is still an oily, mixed with honey “paste-like” texture, and precisely due to being a mixture of honey and oils, should be used as a waxy cleansing balm would; meaning, just rinsing it off with warm water is not enough, instead, remove it with a warm wash cloth and proceed with either a cleanser or toner to remove it thoroughly, otherwise you might experience clogged pores and maybe even some redness.

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

Given the L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator is a gentle one, I’ve been using it in between chemical exfoliators and stonger, usually sugar based exfoliators. The results are visible immediately: smooth, soft and fresh skin. The exfoliator also contains antioxidants and soothing aloe vera for a nice pampering session.

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA (DATES) FRUIT POWDER, PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA (DATES) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS (LEAF JUICE) GEL, MEL (HONEY), OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, SUCROSE LAURATE, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBIC ACID, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, SODIUM LEVULINATE, SODIUM ANISATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CITRIC ACID, AQUA.

Sunflower seed oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich with Vitamin A, D and E. It spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration. Olive leaf extract is an antioxidant with high content of essential fatty acids (linoleic, oleic, palmitic), thus great for dry skin and lips. It has soothing and healing properties and is a great moisturizer.

Aloe Vera has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties; it is soothing, moisturizing and promotes wound-healing. Honey is rich with amino acids, peptides and vitamins. It’s an antioxidant with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, and promotes soft lips.

Dates fruit powder and dates fruit extract are potent antioxidants, with anti-inflammatroy, hydrating and regenerating properties.

Ascorbic acid is Vitamin C, Tocopherol is Vitamin E.
Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate is a synthetic film-forming and thickening agent. Sodium Anisate is an antimicrobial preservative, derived from fennel. There’s not enough data at the moment regarding the effects it has on the skin.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Sodium Levulinate, an antimicrobial preservative, derived from levulinic acid (corn). There are some inclinations this ingredient to be an irritant, even at low doses, whoever, at this point,  there’s not enough data regarding potential effects it has on the skin.
  • Parfum.

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My final word?

L'Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator Review

The L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator is indeed, a gentle, due to fine dates fruit powder, exfoliator, suitable for a more frequent use. It contains antioxidant and soothing ingredients, but since it also contains oils and honey, it should also be treated as a cleansing balm, thus just rinsing it off is not enough. The result is smooth and soft skin, ready to either absorb other treatment products or making the skin a smooth canvas for makeup.

The price? £42 (used to be £39 when I received it in my Love Lula Beauty Box) for a generous 60ml, yet still, the price is quite steep, but this exfoliator lasts for quite some time.

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Are you familiar with this French brand? Which of the L’Odaïtès products have you had the chance to try so far? Let me know!

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L’Odaïtès Replenishing Serum and Gentle Exfoliator have been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

May 232019
 

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara delivers pigmented volume, while Ere Perez Jojoba Eye Pencils give a beautiful glistening creamy finish. 

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

 

I’ve been enjoying the green beauty goodies from this Australia brand for a while now; while mainly their makeup products, I’ve started adding skin care products as well, and so far, I’ve been impressed with all of them; thanks going to, of course, Ere Perez for creating such beautiful products and to Love Lula for spoiling me by offering Ere Perez products.

So far, I’ve reviewed their light Quinoa Water Foundation, the cute and multitasking Carrot Color Pots and the beautiful Eyeshadow Palette. Today, I’ll review their waterproof mascara and two beautiful eye pencils.

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Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

While green beauty has come a long way in providing safe and high quality makeup products, including mascara, waterproof mascaras may still be in minority as far as finding a non-irritating waterproof mascara that actually delivers. After using Ere Perez Waterproof Mascara, I can easily say you may not have to look any further.

The mascara comes in an elegant, signature Ere Perez white tube. As far as colors go, the Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara comes in two: brown and black; I picked the black one.

The wand’s bristles are lined (not over-lapping) and quite sturdy, but not very plentiful, however, they still reach all the lashes and application is quite smooth from the roots of eye lashes on. The lashes are easily separated and coated with a richly pigmented black color. One layer of this mascara will achieve a quite natural look, with lashes nicely separated and richly colored. For a bigger volume, at least one more layer is needed, and that won’t pose an issue, as the mascara separates the lashes even with more than one layer. Where the Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara does not deliver the oomph! result is with lengthening of the lashes; sure, the lashes are a bit longer, but if you’re decisively looking for a mascara, which will make your lashes much longer, this one might not do the work.

The Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara performs best when warmed up, so for best results, as inconvenient it may be, especially when in a rush, it’s best to warm the mascara in your hands for a while, or place is on radiator (of course, during Winter, hehe). When not properly warmed up, the mascara tends to act up a bit, and its performance goes up and down: sometimes, you get a smooth, rich application, and sometimes you get a bit of a dry and non-cooperating one. I would highly suggest you make sure your eyelids are not oily and that you coat your eye lashes with a powder before applying the mascara, so that the lashes are dry and mascara “hangs on” better and stays on longer.

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

How waterproof is it? Quite (again, if you’re used to conventional waterproof mascaras, it’s unfair to compare the Ere Perez one with them), and thus great, especially, during hot weather, but also during windy weather, if your eyes tends to get teary. Its staying power aligns with most natural mascaras I’ve tried over the many years: after about six or so hours, it starts disappearing, especially on the ends of lashes, however, the rich color is still prominent and visible. The good aspect of this mascara is that you can easily remedy this by applying another layer of mascara, and the lashes will still be nicely separated.

Another great aspect of this mascara is that it can be removed easily and quickly, without any pulling and tugging of the eye lashes and eye lids. I’ve been using it for many months now, and I can’t report of any irritation, which is not only a plus, but also – a must when it comes to mascaras.

As always, I suggest a good eyelash curler before applying mascara, and Ere Perez also offers one. It’s a sturdy, strong and precise.

A tip: when your mascara starts getting dry, add a tiny drop of vegetable oil in it; olive oil works nicely, and so does – avocado – so specifically, for the Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara I would suggest adding the vegetable oil this mascara is based on, and that is avocado. And of course, warm up the mascara, and drag the wand up and down several times to mix the contents of the tube.

How about the ingredients?

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Ingredients: Carnauba (copernicia cerifera) wax, palm kernel (elaeis guineensis) wax, soybean (gyicine soja) seed oil, dimethicone, calcium stearate, mamey (pouteria sapota) oil, sweet almond (prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil, sopropyl palmitate, avocado (persea gratissima) oil, palmitic acid, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), orange (citrus aurantium dulcis) oil, lemon (citrus medica limonum) oil, bergamot (citrus bergamia) oil, iron oxides

Pouteria sapota oil is an emollient. It contains linoleic acid. It revitalizes and smoothes the skin. Sweet almond oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and Vitamin E. Great for sensitive skin. Avocado oil, is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, D, E, and Beta Carotene) and fatty acids; an emollient, which revitalizes the skin. Orange oil has antiseptic and anti-toxin properties. It rejuvenates the skin and acts as a natural exfoliator. Lemon oil has astringent, anti-irritant, anti-bacterial and anti-toxin properties and it promotes cell regeneration. Bergamot oil has astringent and antiseptic properties.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), antioxidant, which can be human skin toxicant and allergen. Tocopheryl Acetate is a more stable Vitamin E, possible human toxicant and possible carcinogen, a skin sensitizer that can instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.
  • Dimethicone, a silicone, can be drying, irritating and comedogenic.

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Ere Perez Jojoba Eye Pencil

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

A while ago Love Lula had one of their many generous discounts on Ere Perez Eye Pencils, so I had to take advantage of the discounts and grab two of the eye pencils: one in color gold and the other in color copper; two very beautiful colors.

The Ere Perez Jojoba Eye Pencils are creamy and more on the soft side; primarily, these eye pencils are not so much as eye liners in lining your water line. They are more like creamy eye shadows, and thus very gentle and soft on your eye lids. With these eye pencils, you can achieve many looks: you can apply several layers for a rich and glistening finish or you can smudge it to make it a bit more foggy and a bit more darker. Likewise, you can combine the eye pencils with powder eye shadows, either by lining them as close to the eye lashes as possible for a colorful yet minimal and non-harsh look, or you can apply a bit wider line over a lighter eye shadow. It goes without saying that these eye pencils work in perfect combination with the Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow Palettes!

The two Ere Perez Jojoba Eye Pencils that I’ve picked are Gold and Copper. The gold one is a beautiful true gold, though it does have a tiny and distant pinkish undertone. The copper one is a stronger and darker color; it falls in a mixture of somewhere between dark berry, bordo and brown, with a glistening finish, of course. With the gold one, you can go for a more bolder look as far as combining it with a darker, more berry lipstick and maybe even more berry blush (the Ere Perez Carrot Color Pot in Holy would be a great choice). With the copper one, a lighter look would be suggested by me: less mascara, gentle blush and lips as natural as possible.

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

And if you can’t decide which of these two beauties to use, you can easily use both and mix them together: a bit more gold one and a bit less copper one, and you get another beautiful color. If you smudge them with your fingers, the colors won’t be as pigmented and as glistening, but if you don’t, the creamy rich colors will be popping! Versatile indeed, are these eye pencils.

Given these eye pencils are on the creamy side, they may not be suitable if you have very oily eye lids; you can circumvent this by applying a translucent powder before applying them. Also, when the hotter weather comes (whenever that may be with this strange weather, ugh!), these creamy eye pencils will make a way for powder eye shadows and I’ll get back to them in Autumn.

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

Make sure you also get an appropriate pencil sharpener for these eye pencils.

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, coconut (cocos nucifera) oil, C10-18 triglycerides, hydrogenated vegetable (olus) oil, mica, carnauba (copernicia cerifera) wax, candelilla (euphorbia cerifera) wax, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, oryzanol, jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) seed oil, tocopherol, glyceryl caprylate. May Contain +/- iron oxides, CI 77891.

Coconut oil is hydrating and excellent for dry skin. It has anti-fungal and antiviral properties and is rich in Vitamin C and A. Olus oil is an emollient; a hydrogenated/expressed oil of vegetable origin. Olus oil is a natural equivalent to petrolatum, for smooth and soft texture. Jojoba seed oil is an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum; it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Rice bran oil is an anti-oxidant and it fights inflammation.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate can be comedogenic.

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My final word?

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara and Jojoba Eye Pencil Review

Out of all the Ere Perez products I’ve tried so far, none of them disappointed me; the same goes for their waterproof mascara and eye pencils: they are high quality, richly pigmented, with a good staying power, and the colors of the ye pencils are really beautiful.

The cost of Ere Perez products falls somewhere in between, with a bit on a more expensive side. The Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara goes for £22,50 for 10ml, and the Ere Perez Jojoba Eye Pencil goes for  £17,50 for 1,1g. Given these eye pencils are creamy and soft as opposed to harder eye pencils, they do tend to get used up sooner as well. Nonetheless, the Ere Perez makeup products deliver results, so a bit of a higher cost is justifiable.

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Have you had the chance to try any of the Ere Perez makeup products? Which ones? Which is your favorite natural waterproof mascara? Let me know!

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For more information on Ere Perez, please visit their dedicated brand page.

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Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara, Jojoba Eye Pencils, Eyelash Curler and Pencil Sharpner have been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

May 212019
 

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Tinted Lip Balm are very affordable, yet highly effective hand-made skincare products. The clearing mask and the soothing mask work hand in hand for a pampering session, sprinkled on top with delicious scents. 

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

Bloomtown, a UK green beauty brand, is proving effective, deliciously smelling, hand-crafted and all natural green beauty products at a very affordable price point can be made. When Love Lula launched Bloomtown, I, more or less, immediately grabbed a few of their goodies, while quite a few being left on my wishlist; going through the ingredient lists and seeing a very low cost, upon using several of the Bloomtown products, the only cheap aspect of them is – indeed – the price, whereas the products and their performance easily puts far more expensive green beauty products to shame.

For starters, I picked two of their face masks: the clearing mask, excellent for oily and acne prone skin, and the soothing mask, which perfectly follows the clearing one. Of course, it goes without saying, I just had to get my hands on their tinted lip balm as well – deliciously, as are the masks as well, smelling lip balm.

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Bloomtown The Clearing Charcoal & Tea Tree Treatment Mask could not be more perfect for oily, congested and acne prone skin; aside from detoxing charcoal and kaolin clay, this clearing mask contains anti-bacterial essential oils made for oily, congested and acne prone skin, such as tea tree and rosemary, along with the natural salicylic acid – white willow bark extract. Due to charcoal, this mask is of a dark grey color. The scent of the mask introduces it as a mask with an attitude: quite edgy and strong, which translates into Bloomtown not being stingy with concentration of the ingredients used. Its texture is quite thick, but nonetheless easily spreads, especially since it contains glycerine.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

As usually, before applying a face mask, I first spray my face with a hydrolate; when using detoxifying and clearing masks, I like using tea tree or witch hazel hydrolate. The Bloomtown clearing mask is not a dry mask, as it contains water and glycerin. I use my fingers to apply this mask – just as I would applying a cream. I leave it on for about 20-30 minutes; sometimes I spray a bit more hydrolate onto the mask, a habit, I guess, from using dry masks, though it’s not necessary, as this mask does not dry up, so there’s also no tight feeling on the skin. Aside from detoxifying and cleansing, this mask also warms up, giving the skin a thermo treatment as well, which works nicely on congested skin by melting and softening it.

Immediately upon rinsing off the clearing mask, you feel this swoosh of refreshment, due to rosemary and tea tree. The result on the skin? Refreshed, warm, and less oily. Long term result? Less congested, cleared and detoxed skin.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: plant-derived glycerine, kaolin clay, charcoal powder, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, aqua, leuconostoc (radish root ferment filtrate), salix l. (white willow) bark extract, lactobacillus, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, juniperus communis (juniper) fruit oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, juniperus virginiana (cedar) wood oil, pinus sylvestris (pine) leaf oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, d-limonene*, linalool* *naturally occurring in essential oils

Kaolin clay is a fat absorbent and an abrasive agent. It tones and cleans the skin of toxins, while promoting circulation. Charcoal powder is a potent detoxifying agent.

Tea tree oil has potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic properties. White willow bark extract contains salicin , natural beta hydroxy acid ; it promotes skin cell turnover. A natural skin exfoliant/peeling, it unclogs and clears pores. Bergamont fruit oil, Cedar wood oil and Juniper fruit oil have astringent and antiseptic properties, making them very useful for people who have oily skin. Rosemary oil is an antioxidant; it promotes and improves circulation and stimulates cells renewal. It has antimicrobial properties and is great for oily, acne and blemishes prone skin. Pine leaf oil has antioxidant and anti-irritant properties. It reduces redness and balances oily and acne prone skin- Coconut fruit extract, is hydrating and excellent for dry skin. It has anti-fungal and antiviral properties and is rich in Vitamin C and A.

Glycerine is humectant and lubricant.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Lactobacillus, marketed as natural preservative, it contains a synthetic anti-fungal preservative called undecylenic acid (mostly found in products targeting fungal infections).Otherwise, it promotes exfoliation by maintaining balanced hydration. Contains healthy bacteria that convert elements into Lactic Acid. It refines and perfects skin’s texture. It should also be noted these ferments are used as preservatives as well – and the process they are obtained is not all that natural.

Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate is a preservative, similar to Lactobacillus.

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My final word?

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

I’ve been using Bloomtown clearing mask approximately twice a week, for many months now, and I gotta say, my skin has gratefully accepted the effectiveness this mask has on my oily and sometimes congested skin. It feels good while applied and after – it just has this great effect on my skin; so much so that I think I may have been applying a bit too thick of layers, thus, unfortunately, my jar is nearly empty.

Price? £12 for 60ml! How affordable is this, right? What a great clearing and detoxifying face mask, excellent for oily and congested skin.

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Bloomtown The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask is another great and affordable product from Bloomtown, and perfect as a follow-up to the clearing mask. The soothing mask is a great choice for those with sensitive skin, as well as for a spoiling session, not only due to delicious scent of this mask. If you experience irritation, or if you have dry skin, in need of some deep conditioning, or just looking for a mask which will plump up, soothe and nurture you skin – the Bloomtown soothing mask just might be it. Just as the clearing mask, the soothing one, too, is glycerine-based, so it does not dry up, but smoothly apply and does not tighten the skin.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

The texture of this mask is on a thicker side, yet all the ingredients are whipped together into perfection. The color of this mask is also unique and beautiful: a bit of an indigo blue and a bit of a light grey. The scent? Marvelous! – somewhere between sweet coconut and, of course, Indigo Leaf and Nettle Root.

Even though tempted, I try to apply less of this beautiful mask; again, it just feels so good on the skin. Due to its color, you will look, for the time being you’re masking, a bit blue-ish and grey-ish. The mask feels warm (though not as much as the clearing one), and indeed – soothing on the skin; you can feel it’s really working. I leave it on for about 20 -30 minutes, then rinse with water; from time to time I do spray a bit of a rose hydrolate over the mask, though, again, it’s not necessary, as this is, despite containing bentonite clay, not a dry mask, therefore always feels like a thick cream.

After I rinse the soothing mask, my skin feels relaxed, smooth, soft, soothed and nourished as well; that non-oily glow testifies of the effect it has on my skin. Following the soothing mask, I only spray some rose or chamomile hydrolate, and leave my skin as is, with no other face products applied; not only is my skin nourished and soft after using this mask, but I also let my skin be bare, especially on the days I am having a masking pampering session.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: plant-derived glycerine, natural blue clay (bentonite), aqua, leuconostoc (radish root ferment filtrate), lactobacillus, urtica dioica (nettle) root powder, indigofera tinctoria leaf powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract

Natural blue clay (bentonite) is a potent absorbent, ideal for oily skin. Nettle root powder, rich in minerals and vitamins, has especially high content of soluble vitamin C. Coconut fruit extract, is hydrating and excellent for dry skin. It has anti-fungal and antiviral properties and is rich in Vitamin C and A. Glycerine is humectant and lubricant. Indigofera tinctoria leaf powder has anti-inflammatory properties.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Leuconostoc and lactobacillus.

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My final word?

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

Another great green beauty product from Bloomtown: highly effective mask, which lives up to its long name, as it delivers everything it promises: it soothes, it softens and calms down irritated skin, while also nourishes and provides a pampering feeling.

Price? Yeah, the soothing mask is also just £12 for 60ml. As I’m saying, Bloomtown creates highly effective products at a very low cost – it can be done, even if it’s sometimes hard to believe given the unreasonable and sometimes even greedy price points we see with green beauty products.

As a thinner layer of this mask does the needed job, you can easily stretch this soothing mask for around 6 months of joyful pampering.

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How likely is that I would pass up on the opportunity to try Bloomtown Red & Berried Tinted Lip Balm as well? Not very.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

Everything about this tinted lip balm makes me feel nostalgic; when I was a little girl, I had a similar red tinted lip balm; I can still remember its scent. This tinted lip balm comes in a cute white aluminium container and the scent is – and this is a re-occurring theme with Bloomtown products – delicious: if you like sweet berry-scented lip products, you won’t want to pass up an opportunity to try this one.

The texture of this tinted lip balm is, even if it contains butters, quite sturdy and waxy, so it takes a bit of a swirling around with a finger before you get the lip balm out. It starts melting soon upon the touch of your finger and once applied on the lips, it gives this a bit glossy look, but by no means sticky. Despite looking quite berry and dark in a tin, this is – after all – a tinted lip balm. On the lips, it gives a hint of a color; given I have naturally more red lips, the finish look for me is that of a gentle berry, with a bit of a pink undertone. If your lips are paler, the berry color will be less subtle.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

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How about the ingredients?

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, organic theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera cera (candelilla) wax, natural flavour (aroma), vitamin e (tocopheryl cetate), natural colour (iron oxides CI77491, CI77742)

Sweet almond oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and Vitamin E. Great for sensitive skin. Castor seed oil, has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; it conditions the skin. A thick oil, with high fat content and as a water binding agent, ideal for very dry skin, perfect for use in lip balms. Cocoa seed butter, an emollient, is high in Vitamin E. It promotes collagen production and is great for dry skin.

Potentially problematic ingredients? None.

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My final word?

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

Just as the two previous Bloomtown products, I am a fan of the Tinted Lip Balm as well. Delicious scent, naturally colored lips, and given it contains butters and oils, perfect for lip products, it also leaves the lips soft and nourished. The scent, again, as with all the products I’ve tried so far from Bloomtown, is also delicious.

Price? £4,80 for 20g, which, only in comparison with the above mentioned masks, may be a bit higher, it’s still, nonetheless, perfectly acceptable for this beautiful tinted lip balm. Having said that, you can also get the Bloomtown Tinted Lip Balm for FREE.

Given the not so positive aspects of certain parts of so called green beauty community and its race to create and promote the most expensive products possible, I am sure many would pass up on the Bloomtown products, with a snob-like and, quite honestly, sometimes ignorant, attitude, saying Bloomtown products are not up to par solely due to their very low cost. Luckily for me, I’ve been using green beauty products for so long now and seen where the green beauty community, unfortunately, stands right now, that I know a great product when I see and try one.

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

Bloomtown are hand-making cute, affordable, very effective products, and they do so with high quality ingredients, and they are not stingy when it comes to ingredients’ concentrations. I am very pleased with all their products I’ve tried so far; I’ve been also using one of their body products, specifically one of the scrubs, and given how much I’ve been liking everything I’ve tried so far, I’ll get a few of their body products in the near future as well, and post a review, including the body scrub. Given how wonderfully Bloomtown products smell, I am planning on getting a few of their dry body oils and body washes; but that will have to wait until Autumn, when I’ll start using body oils again; but also, since I have so many body lotions to use up during Summer – what can I can, Love Lula has been spoiling us with all the body lotions we’ve received in their Love Lula Beauty Boxes.

In conclusion: Bloomtown products come highly recommended by me!

Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Mask and Lip Balm Review

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Are you familiar with Bloomtown? Tried any of their products so far? How did you like them? Do you think just because a product has a lower price point it automatically must not be of a high quality? What do you think? Let me know!

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Bloomtown Clearing and Soothing Mask and Tinted Lip Balm have been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

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